Packing away personal items is one of the simplest -and cheapest!- things you can do to sell your home quickly. You want buyers to view it as their potential home, and that is hard to do when you have personal aspects all around the house. Prospective buyers won’t be able to picture themselves in the house if they’re surrounded by dozens of photos of your children and grandparents. In addition to attracting the buyer, you want the buyer’s agent to enjoy showing the home, because even if this particular buyer isn’t interested, the agent might represent someone who would be a good match.
$2 to $3 for a roll of packaging tape. You already have the scissors on hand and you can often score the boxes for free from a neighborhood store.
Ridding your home of clutter is another simple way to get buyers to focus on the structure of the house, and not the titles in your CD collection. This can be very hard to do because emotional attachment of everything in your home. Remove items from counter tops, the kitchen, and the bathroom. If you have children, make sure you don’t have toys laying around the house. You can simply put items in boxes and neatly stack them in the corner of the garage, and anything extra should go in a small, rented storage unit- or if you’re lucky enough ask a close friend or relative to hang on your items.
The price of a storage unit varies (around $45 a month for a 5-by-5-foot unit).
Rearrange the rooms in your home to reel in prospective buyers, making sure each room has a distinct, useful purpose. If you aren’t sure how to rearrange a simple, and free, idea would be to just tour builders’ models to see how the rooms are furnished. Make sure closets are also neat and organized- it might be the perfect time to get rid of those shoes you haven’t worn in over 5 years! If your home has been painted recently, consider yourself ahead of the game. If not, take a paintbrush to the rooms that need it most. Sellers who paint the interior of their home will see a large return on the investment.
Anywhere from $12 to $50 per gallon for paint, plus another $10 to $50 for other painting supplies (primer, brushes, dropcloths, etc.)
No one wants to look at a dirty, smelly home – especially not prospective buyers. So make sure your home shines from top to bottom. The first thing to do before every showing should be cleaning and deodorizing a home. The goal is to help buyers imagine themselves living in the home, and when they walk into an unkempt or smelly home they become turned off, and don’t allow themselves to see the positives of the home. It’s worth your money to get your home professionally cleaned so that everything is spotless. To make your home smell inviting before each showing you can do anything from baking cookies in the oven, bringing cinnamon sticks to a slow boil in water, or just refreshing your air freshener.
Varies by the location and size of the home, but typically less than $100 to clean a 4-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home. Cookie dough runs about $3.
Whatever you do, do not overlook the home’s exterior when selling. Curb appeal is just as important as cleaning the inside of the home –it’s the buyer’s first impression of your home,” Page says. You only have one chance to make a first impression, and you want your home to stand out! Mow the lawn, make sure the sidewalk and driveway are free of clutter and debris, and ensure the house number is easily visible. It may also be beneficial to pressure-clean the exterior of your home, driveway and sidewalk, if needed. Another valuable low-cost solution? Mulch- it is cheap and covers a multitude of sins. It makes everything look trim and neat.
Mulch costs around $3 per bag. The cost of renting a pressure washer varies, but you may be able to get one from a local hardware store for around $50 per day. It may cost double that to purchase a pressure washer. Professional cleaning with a pressure washer for a 2,500 square-foot-house may set you back about $250.